The holiday spirit is moving right along. I have been playing around the studio lately making stuff for all my sewing projects. It has been fun to dabble with no hurry.
Here's a new project I finally completed for a custom order. She wanted to collect and own something handmade from me (as an artist, i couldn't have ask for anything more inspiring than this). She requested a journal ~ since she is slowly starting to tap into her own creative dream.
Immediately i thought about a blank little journal with a handmade cover ~ a cover she could reuse over and over again. Since handmade is my livelihood. I didn't want to just pick any random blank journal off the bookshelves, i wanted the whole project to be handmade.
Inspired by my on going collaboration project with sweet Pei Li of Pei Li's Miniatures, i contacted a talented friend, Evelin of Angelicquirk, to whip me up a few naked handmade A6 size journals. It goes without saying that i know how important it is to support other artisans. Being in support of one another in ways you are comfortable with, either financially or spreading the word, is one way to boost our handmade market growth.
After months of waiting (I've been known to get distracted) the journal is complete and out the door soon. Thanks for being so patient! I hope you like it.
This little piece of embroidery is a reminder of a sentiment that "if you have dreams that you want to see come true? Go for them". I write this as a believer in the idea that dreams do come true. Reaching for that dream(s), can be exciting and a little bit scary because it hasn't happened yet. So this embroidery is symbolic of all of those beautiful things and obstacles (represented by the beautiful blooms) happening around each one of us as we take the leap to realize our dream be it creatively or not. And the bird of course is unlocking each of beautiful things or the obstacles as you step a little closer to your dream.
This particular bird has it all figured out and knows that it takes bravery, believe, faith and learning to turn feelings of desperation and fear as to whether it will happen, into feelings of hopeful expectation that it will happen.
I've used japanese natural linen for the outside layer and a sweet pink Polka Dots japanese linen for the inner layer.
I added a sweet soft pink grosgrain ribbon and attached a handmade fabric embroidered button as the bookmark for flair. Having not pulled out my embroidery needle in so long, i forgot how relaxing embroidery can be ~ very tedious, yet very relaxing.
Have a lovely merry happy mid-week.
I'm going to sew, drink tea and make a big salad.
At least those are a few things i hope to do today.
Love to you!